I am grateful to have met Andrew – he is such a great friend and business partner. We first met in 1996 when we were both working in Film and Television. Our careers intertwined through the years, until I “made it over the wall”, leaving Film behind to pursue Home Renovation and Design. We worked together again in 2006, when Andrew employed me to oversee the second and third phases of his home renovation. They say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – and indeed, the project/process furthered and fused our bond of trust and respect. We have continued to work on many projects together, both business and personal, and our relationship has evolved into an information-and-support-swapping friendship. Andrew was my natural choice for realtor when we sold our home in 2012. My husband and I have been serious nomads since purchasing our first house in 1988, and though we had bought and sold nine times, what we learned from Andrew, and the care we received from Andrew was unparalleled and amazing. Having the opportunity to work with such a knowledgeable, caring, and thorough person has been a gift.
Andrew came highly recommended by a friend of mine who has used his services over a number of years, and he did not disappoint! I was making a large move on my own from a house to a downtown condo and Andrew was able to provide valuable insight and knowledge to find not only the best location, but the best fit for me. His professional edge helped in negotiations and all in all the experience was easy and pain free! Definitely not what my previous experiences have been like! On top of all of this, he is charming and pleasant to work with. He really listened to what I liked, what I was comfortable with and made it work. I will be working with Andrew again in the future.
It was an absolute pleasure to have Andrew represent us in the purchase of our new home. We found him extremely knowledgeable and supportive throughout every step of the process. Andrew was particularly effective in negotiating the best possible deal for us, and we knew we could count on him, whatever the issue or problem. Andrew is a true professional, his integrity is beyond question, and he puts the client’s interests first. We feel quite fortunate to have had him on our side, and have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone looking for a realtor.
David Andrew Nicholson recently managed the sale of my property in Leaside. It was a challenging task due to the heated nature of the market for buyers. Andrew gave me excellent advice from the beginning of how to price and list the property, how to manage competing offers and how to end up with the best result. The sale proceeded like clockwork and achieved a result beyond my expectation all thanks to Andrew’s expertise and guidance. At the same time, he went way beyond the call of duty in helping me prepare the property for listing and for the disposition of the contents prior to moving. I would recommend him most highly.
Andrew Nicholson is to Real Estate as Stephen Hawking is to Physics. Working with Andrew Nicholson was fun and non-stressful. I was a first timer and in no rush to buy. Andrew was very flexible and knowledgeable.
He broke the entire process down into manageable bits and I really felt that I was being educated and well informed about the biggest purchase of my life. We looked at lots of places and he pointed out the pros and cons of each. He dried my silly tears when I didn’t get the first house I made an offer on. When the listing for the house I eventually bought went unmentioned by me he followed up and said hey what about that one? It’s got everything on your list; you just need to squint your eyes a bit to see the potential. He was dead right. Now, a few years later I’m living in my dream home and regularly have notes put in the mailbox from realtors asking if I am interested in selling. Thanks Andrew for all your hard work and friendship.
I have bought and sold many homes, and Andrew is by far the best Real Estate Agent I have ever worked with. He was very knowledgeable about the different areas of Toronto and found the perfect neighbourhood and home for us. Andrew provided pick up service for each home we viewed which made the search much easier and when we found the perfect home, Andrew assisted us through a stressful, and successful bidding war. Andrew is the best!!!!!
Andrew is, in a word, fantastic. When I was looking to sell my townhouse in south Etobicoke and upgrade to a single-family house, it was Andrew who suggested I start looking in the immediate area (Alderwood), as it was a “hidden gem” in the GTA. He was absolutely right – I love my neighbourhood and I’m already starting to see property values in the area increase.
I loved the fact that once he had an idea of what I was looking for, no time was wasted looking at properties that didn’t meet the criteria or were out of my price range. Andrew ended up finding the perfect match for me within about a week of beginning his search and after viewing only 5 or 6 places. His extensive contacts also allowed him to organize a house inspection for me on very short notice. I likely wouldn’t be in the house I love so much today had it not been for that.
In the end, Andrew acquired my new house for me at a price below asking and sold my townhouse for more than I thought I’d be able to get for it. What’s not to like about that?
Professional, well connected, attentive, and an all-around nice guy, I would not hesitate to hire Andrew again or recommend him as a top-notch agent to any of my family or friends.
Andrew was great to work with on the purchase of our first home. He was always very patient. He was our voice of reason, giving us sound advice, based on his many years of experience and kept us up-to-date on current on housing market trends. He has a knack for distinguishing between homes with potential and those with none. We highly recommend working with Andrew!
CAROLYN & JEFF THRASHER
Andrew helped guide us through the process of selling our home and turned what could have been a very stressful experience into a positive one. His calm and businesslike approach made the entire process that much easier and we were extremely happy with the end result.
What I loved most about working with Andrew in selling my condo was his stunning commitment to getting my condo sold and keeping sure all parties involved were okay. Selling property is incredibly stressful, but he gave me excellent hints for staging before the showings to helping to keep my head cool when we hit some bumps along the way. Happily, all worked out in the end and I love my new place!
Andrew helped me buy my first house. It’s a daunting thing to go do and not once did I feel any pressure to hurry up and decide already. We looked at houses on and off for a year before finding ‘the one.’ I’ve worked with Andrew since that purchase and will continue to in the future. He also sends out great Christmas cards!
I have used Andrew for four home transactions and he has been awesome every step of the way. When I wanted to put an offer in on my current house in a hurry, he literally did neighborhood research on the fly and helped put in an offer that the previous owners couldn’t refuse. Still to this day, I think the offer he crafted was a steal. Andrew is my realtor for life.
Andrew is a terrific realtor and we cannot recommend him highly enough. He is knowledgeable and patient, and never pushy. He encouraged us to form our own opinions about the properties that we looked at together, and we never felt rushed to make any decisions. His expertise was extremely valuable in helping us zero in on the neighbourhood and type of home that appealed to us most. He remained cool as a cucumber in the face of 20+ (!) competing offers for the house that we ultimately purchased, and we will be forever grateful for the sensible bidding approach that he recommended, which landed us in a home that we continue to love 5 years later.
KATE & KEIR HUNT
As first time buyers, what could have turned out to be an extremely overwhelming experience was actually a very positive experience and we would have to primarily attribute that to your steady patience throughout the process, and sensible guidance. Looking at the purchase now, 5 years after the fact, we have absolutely no regrets and feel you helped negotiate an incredible deal on a house we’re very happy to be in.
We have both bought and sold a home with Andrew Nicholson. The sale, a lack-luster townhouse, benefited from Andrew’s early advice about where to put our renovation funds to create the most impact. Andrew and his presentation team made the house look like it belonged in the glossy pages of a magazine and Andrew worked hard to bring in potential buyers, which resulted in a smooth and satisfying sale. As clients looking for a house, we benefited from Andrew’s shrewd eye and knowledge of the city and the real estate market to steward us through the ups and downs of finding the right house. Andrew has a knack for understanding not only what you want in a house, but also what you need. A consummate professional, we simply wouldn’t consider using another realtor in Toronto.
JOHN DELACOURT & ANDREA STEWART
Andrew Nicholson has been our Real Estate Agent for many years, and has been a complete pleasure to work with. He has always been accessible, honest and very patient with us. He has been an invaluable help in so many ways, well above and beyond what one would expect from a broker. In fact, I can safely say that working with Andrew has been one of the best decisions we have ever made.
Andrew is part therapist, part cheerleader and an amazingly patient man. He stuck with me over two years as I traversed the murky waters of being a first time homebuyer – what an emotional roller coaster ride that was! I’m not the overly adventurous type so it takes me a while to decide if I want to take the plunge and trying to find a house in a very specific 10 block radius in a sought-after neighbourhood on a limited budget… well you can imagine there were a lot of near and not so near misses along the way and on occasion some swearing and a few tears.
Andrew was patient with me; he never pushed me until we came across one house that seemed to tick a lot of boxes on my list. But I was still stinging from losing a house the day before I thought was THE house for me. Oh sure this house was ok… but it wasn’t like the house I just lost… I was on the rebound. And this was the only time Andrew ever ‘strongly’ suggested that perhaps I should just get an offer in and then decide. Fortunately I did and fortunately they accepted. Now four years later I’m so in love with my home I can barely remember the other one. I’m in the neighbourhood I wanted to be in – smack dab in the middle of that perfect ten-block radius I was coveting. And we did it within my budget.
But it didn’t end there; Andrew makes the next phases as painless as possible; great mortgage brokers, lawyers, home-inspectors and trades people… I still call him for referrals. So every time a realtor rings my doorbell asking if I’m interesting in selling I quickly tell them… “I’ve already got a guy.” Can’t imagine moving but when I do I couldn’t imagine doing it without Andrew.
Andrew Nicholson was extremely patient and readily available as my husband and I were in search of our first home. Initially, we were quite indecisive of location and had Andrew show us places throughout various parts of the city. Andrew was informative and went through the pros and cons of each potential viewing. He gently walked us through the actual “offer process” and was very supportive and understanding when one didn’t fall through and when we came close and changed our mind on putting an offer for another. Andrew was always reassuring and great fun when we viewed homes together. When we finally did find “our home”, Andrew listened and guided us through the negotiations and even came to our home inspection which was a great comfort. Andrew continues to provide us support and guidance as we make gradual improvements to our 1952 bungalow. We value his opinion and expertise in the real estate market to help us spend our time and money wisely into increasing the value of home for future resale.
My husband and I are happy with our home and consider Andrew our personal realtor. We highly recommend Andrew Nicholson to anyone who is interested in purchasing or selling a home.
ANNA & GIANLUCA CIPRIANI
My Wife and I made our first home purchase 5 years ago with Andrew as our agent and we could not have been happier. His guidance and expertise made the experience seamless by educating us along way and keeping us at ease throughout the process. We have subsequently referred many friends who have purchased their first homes with Andrew as their guide. We’re always happy to tell others about how refreshing it is to have a collaborative relationship with an agent that takes the time to understand his clients and meets and exceeds on every level.
I have had the pleasure of working with Andrew on a number of transactions, and I have recommended him to several of my friends who now count themselves as clients.
Andrew is responsive and smart and he is very honest which is a welcome attribute in a salesperson. If he has any concerns about a property he will make you aware of them. I have traded real estate 3 times with Andrew and none of those sales were straightforward. He managed each snag with grace and speed. He is the ultimate professional.
Andrew is the person I have gone to on a few occasions seeking counsel on how to structure a complex deal. He is knowledgeable and current. He understands real estate but also financing, economics, and quality renovations. Andrew is a realtor for serious buyers looking for an elevated, professional and seamless experience.
Andrew is a professional in all ways. His expertise and extreme dedication to the needs of his clients will reward you with the perfect purchase or sale of your property. I, and many of my friends, have used Andrew’s real estate services with great results every time. Whether you’re an experienced or first time home buyer/seller, the importance of having a realtor your can trust cannot be understated and to that end I would highly recommend Andrew to anyone.
Andrew is an outstanding professional. With busy lives and young kids we knew Andrew would fine our first house. It has been 5 years and we couldn’t be happier with our home. The experience of working with Andrew was fantastic and we continue to depend on him for advise and contacts when anything comes up with the house. We have recommended him to our friends and family and the feedback is always the same- Andrew is an outstanding realtor and we trust him.
SANDRA KIM & ARJUN SAHGAL
Andrew combined professionalism, enthusiasm and determination which made the process of selling my property stress-free. And the proof is always in the end result – my property sold in a week and over the selling price. You can’t beat that. I can say first-hand that Andrew clearly has a passion for the work and exceeds expectations for his clients. Plus he’s extremely accessible, responsive and he provides first-rate advice backed by solid research and depth of expertise. I would highly recommend Andrew to anyone considering selling their property.
Andrew is part of the new wave of realtors – well-informed, thorough and client-focused. He deftly manages your expectations and helps you set realistic goals in looking for a home. I have gone through the real-estate game with him twice, and Andrew took the time to navigate me through the often times intimidating process of buying and selling a home. When you have such a large investment at stake, you want someone who is well-versed and experienced in the industry to help you – and that someone is Andrew.
I have bought and sold property a few times over the past 10 years and worked with a variety of realtors who over promise, and under deliver. Hands down Andrew is the most informed, accessible, and effective realtor. I wish him nothing but the best and will ring him again if I decide to change properties in future.
David Andrew Nicholson is a shining light among real estate agents. He sold my Liberty Village condo for above asking price on the first day it was listed, and I owe this in large part to the great care he took in advising me how best to prepare my suite for sale. From recommending skilled contractors and affordable design upgrades in the weeks before listing, to being a solid negotiator on the day, David has an extraordinary breadth of knowledge. He takes so much time and care with each listing, you’ll swear you are his only client.
I have been working with Heather Shaw for several months in my quest to find a new home. It has been an excellent experience and unexpectedly fun. She is patient and attentive to my wishes and specifications, but also brings me some surprises making me expand my thinking.
In the dog eat dog world of real estate sales, I feel that my welfare comes before the sale, and that the flaws as well as the good points of any property are being fairly represented. Therefore, my comfort level is high allowing me to make informed decisions without any pressure.
I would feel totally comfortable recommending Heather to anyone, whether they are buying or selling, and assure them that they will be represented with care, good humour and energy.
Heather was great to work with. She is a hard working professional and meticulous in making sure all details were properly addressed. She was approachable and diligent in being able to find me a place that fulfilled my specific criteria in a timely manner. I would recommend her without hesitation.
Heather is a versatile designer that has helped us with design choices through many stages of our family life, including a move, renovation and preparation for a new baby. She made us feel like our work was her priority despite having a busy schedule of her own, and helped us through critical decision points with her balanced opinions and suggestions. When we work with Heather we feel like we are working with a friend and would highly recommend her.
MELANIE & RICH
We had the pleasure and the privilege of working with Heather Shaw in the design of our entire two-story home. Heather is in a class off her own. She is creative, a problem solver, and a designer that appreciates aesthetics without breaking the pocketbook. She brings passion and endless dedication to her work. She listens deeply to her clients to understand the needs and sometimes-competing needs of my husband and myself. I cannot recommend Heather more highly. She is an exceptional professional.
In the spring of 2014 we were forced to re-locate our chiropractic health clinic from the PATH (concourse level of 145 King St West) to the 18th floor for 5 months due to building renovations. We decided to take advantage of the time away to do some renovations to our clinic and Heather has been extremely helpful with project managing the new carpet installation, signage design, lighting choices and a specialized paint job. We have dubbed her our ‘clinic reno doula’ in that she brought calm, experience and her impeccable esthetic to our projects. Our stress was greatly minimized by having Heather’s help and we would not hesitate to work with her again for any future design projects.
DR. KRISTINE LYONS
My husband and I hired Heather as a designer when creating our downtown Toronto acting school, The Dirt Underneath Actors’ Space. She helped immensely with lighting, curtains and furniture decisions. Heather’s rich experience and calm demeanor make a perfect combination for a great designer. Above all she has a fantastic eye and she always keeps in mind the clients’ objective. I highly recommend her services as a designer!”
If I had to describe Heather Shaw in one word, it would be “fantastic”! Heather has been nothing less than an invaluable asset in helping us with our home, in every way needed, from decoration to repairs and maintenance to dealing with building management. If you need something, Heather can and will do it. And always with an attentive eye, an open mind and friendly smile.